Tuesday, 20 February 2018

MPOV: Genius

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 6.5/10

Released: July 7, 2016
Director: Michael Grandage
Casts: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce
Category: A 2016 British/American biographical drama

The film is set in New York in 1929. Maxwell Perkins, a Scribner's successful editor and discoverer of talented authors such as Francis Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, lives in a cottage just outside the city with his wife and five daughters. One day, in his office, he reads the drafts of O Lost, a novel by Thomas Wolfe. Struck by the content, Perkins decides to publish it and begins to collaborate with the author. The novel is eventually published and proves to be a huge success: fifteen thousand copies sold in a single month. Max and Thomas become best friends, while Wolfe's relationship with Aline Bernstein, a married woman twenty years older than he, is severely tested after the publication of the Wolfe's novel. Max manages to publish Wolfe's second novel, Of Time and the River, after exhausting revision work that lasted for years. The second novel is also a success.

Meanwhile, Thomas is in Paris where he follows the events only remotely, thanks to the news received from Max. Back in New York, he immediately goes to work, writing his new book. His turbulent character leads him to quarrel with Max, destroying the relationship between the two and making Wolfe turning to another editor. Aline finally leaves Thomas, because he is too self-absorbed and unable to care for others. When Max has reconciled himself with Thomas's absence, a phone call comes from Thomas' mother: Thomas has been reported to contract milial tuberculosis. Despite the surgery, Thomas shows no signs of improving. After a few weeks Wolfe dies, but he writes a letter to Max, reaffirming his immense affection for him.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

I've never read Thomas Wolfe before so it's an eye-opener watching this biopic between him and his editor, Maxwell Perkins. Fitzgerald and Hemingway were also featured briefly so it sure made this more realistic since I've known and read their books before. This movie did show Thomas' not so gentlemanly side with the way he treated others plus how selfish and self-absorbed he was then. However, it truly was such a waste that a young talent had to die early. I do applaud Maxwell, aside from being a successful editor, for being so professional yet ethically right.

It did feel like an honest biopic with a dramatic yet talented casts. The way Jude carried Thomas was eccentric! Even Nicole's Aline was such a drama queen! This memorable movie has piqued my interest. So it's time to look for and read a Thomas Wolfe.

Monday, 19 February 2018

MPOV: Black Panther

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 7.2/10

Released: January 29, 2018
Director: Ryan Coogler
Casts: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker
Category: PG-13; A 2018 American superhero, fantasy, science fiction film

Centuries ago, as five African tribes war over a meteorite made up of the alien metal vibranium, a warrior ingests a "heart-shaped herb" affected by the metal and gains superhuman abilities. Becoming the first "Black Panther", he unites the five tribes and forms the nation of Wakanda. As time passes, the Wakandans use the vibranium to develop highly-advanced technology while simultaneously isolating themselves from the rest of the world and posing as a Third World country.
In 1992, while on an undercover assignment in Oakland, California, Prince N'Jobu becomes convinced Wakanda's isolationist policies have done more harm than good and vows to share its technology with people of African descent around the world in order to help them conquer their oppressors. N'Jobu enlists black market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue to infiltrate Wakanda and steal a cache of vibranium only for his older brother T'Chaka to learn about his actions. T'Chaka reluctantly kills N'Jobu and abandons his son Erik in order to prevent the Wakandan people from learning the truth.
In the present day, following T'Chaka's death at the hands of Helmut Zemo, his son T'Challa returns to Wakanda to assume the throne. After working with Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje, to extract his ex-lover Nakia from an undercover assignment, he reunites with his mother Ramonda and younger sister Shuri only to learn that M'Baku, the leader of the rival Jabari Tribe, is challenging him for the crown. The two engage in ritual combat, with T'Challa emerging victorious and becoming the new King.
The above taken from Wikipedia.
Overall, it's one of the best Marvel Comics adaptation! It was engaging from the start to the end! Totally kept me on my toes, anticipating each plots and couldn't wait for it to end. I would agree at some point, some plots were kinda predictable but the CGI and actions made up for it. Truly enjoyed the African's ritual and whatnots too!

This movie had some similarity to Iron Man, in my opinion. For a start, the vibranium technology was as advance as Iron Man's technology. Each has their own unique tech to power up their abilities and both are rich. The only difference is that Tony Stark worked on his own and T'Challa works with his family. Either way, it's still advance technology powering up their abilities. Cool power, cool movie!

FYI, there are 2 post credit trailers - 1 mid way and the other right at the end. Both leading it up to Avengers: Infinity War. Can't wait for it then!

Friday, 16 February 2018

Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!

Here's wishing all you wonderful peeps a prosperous and fruitful Lunar New Year!!!
May the Year of the Dog brings you abundance of joy and wealth!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Kung Hei Fatt Choy!
Keong Hee Huat Chai!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

MPOV: Inferno (Robert Langdon #4)

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.81/5

First published: 2013
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: mystery, conspiracy fiction, thriller

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

The above taken from Goodreads.

Overall, I've only enjoyed the last 30% of the novel. I noticed that each time I read a Langdon, I tend to yawn non-stop. This is especially so at the start when the protagonist always explains stuff in detail and at times long winded. Even with this book, where Langdon started running from the start with the plots a little enthralling at times, I still yawn... jeez!

Some plots were predictable except for some twists towards the end that made up for the rest of the book. The good thing about this is that each characters played a distinct role which truly made a good book. Unfortunate for me who can't take 'long descriptions' well, it got me off the plots, had me speed read a little so that I can reach the parts that were less 'lengthy' and more exciting!

For example: when Sienna helped Robert at the start, I did have my doubt... 'Sure ah? So conveniently helping him... hmmm'. And then, it was revealed of the true nature of Sienna's helpfulness! The clever part was the code name FS 2080 where I was led to think it was Ferris but it turns out differently! That was part of the enthralling 30% LOL!!!

 Anyway, this is so relatable I had to share:
Some notable quotes:
"The decisions of our past are the architects of our present."
"Mankind, if unchecked, functions like a cancer."
"Remember tonight, for it's the beginning of forever."
Some new words for me:
Chthonic - relating to or inhabiting the underworld
Crenellated - provide (a wall of a building) with battlements
Machicolated - provided with machicolations - a floor opening between the supporting corbels of a battlement
Eidetic - relating to or denoting mental images having unusual vividness and detail, as if actually visible
Agathusia - benevolent suicide
Avarice - extreme greed for wealth or material gain
Proclivity - a tendency to choose or do something regularly
Fecundity - the ability to produce an abundance of offspring or new growth; fertility

Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) - the belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond it's current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science or technology.

Theories of Darwin (Darwinism) - is a theory of biological evolution developed by the English naturalist Charles Darwin and others, stating that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual's ability to compete, survive and reproduce.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

A Valentine for my dear hubs!

And a Valentine to all you wonderful peeps!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

MPOV: A House of Happiness

My rating: 4/5

Released: February 15th, 2018
Director: JY Teng
Casts: Richard Ng, Mimi Chu, Chan Fong, Cheryl Lee
Category: P13, comedy

Bad-tempered Uncle Shui suffers from Alzheimer's disease but he can at least remember that his wife Summer has died and his son Liong Gor is working in the city. Ha Gu stays with him and takes care of him but she leaves him when she cannot stand his bad temper anymore. He then falls in love with a woman who looks a lot like his late wife. Liong Gor is called by back the neighbours to help his father cope with living alone but Liong Gor hides a secret and is worried of its impact on his family.

The above taken from www.cinema.com.my.

Overall, this is a very funny movie from the start to the end! Even with the few touche moments, it's still funny with a tinge of tears LOL! I've enjoyed it a lot, laughing from the moment it started till the end! Even Angels and hubby enjoyed it pretty much!

We were offered the tickets unexpectedly and since we had nothing much to do, we went ahead and watched this movie last week. It's a special screening of the movie with a special appearance by the director, JY Teng, and the lead actor, Chan Fong. Thankfully, it turned out to be a very good quality, local production with a good story line and many comedic plots. Truly a 'special screening' worth watching!
Chan Fong and Director Teng made a small appearance before the movie starts
I was surprised by the many talents in the movie. Aside from Richard and Mimi who were from Hong Kong, the rest of the casts are Malaysians and they were a talented lot! The many emotional levels were portrayed efficiently with the roles so well rounded. The plots were so seamless with our full attention on the movie. Of course, it has many emphatic plots based on current social stigma pointed out in the movie. This is what I do like about local movies. It's story line is always realistic and on point, not generalised with blank plots.

It's a movie worth watching with the family during Chinese New Year. Definitely worth every penny! FYI, it's in Cantonese, thank goodness for me or I'll be busy reading subtitles!

Monday, 12 February 2018

MPOV: I Am Elizabeth Smart

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 6.3/10

Released: November 18, 2017
Director: Sarah Walker
Casts: Alana Boden, Skeet Ulrich, Deirdre Lovejoy
Narrated by: Elizabeth Smart
Category: crime film, drama, biography

In 2002, Brian David Mitchell abducts 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City home. Held captive by Mitchell and his accomplice, Smart must endure months of brutality while trying to figure out a way to escape.

The above taken from Google.

Watching this reenactment movie was totally heart wrenching especially since Elizabeth was only 14 years old when she was kidnapped. Being raped, bullied, starved made it worst but she survived the harrowing ordeal and when she was finally discovered, it was definitely a breath of relief! She's mentally strong, able to slowly plan and decide how to get along so that she could stay alive which is no easy feat. I truly applaud her for being so brave to stand her ground, moving forward and helping others in need. Also producing and narrating this movie, she's so strong being able to look back on it! Creating more awareness definitely helps especially since there are more unsound-minded people nowadays. I think I would not have been as brave and strong as her and would have killed myself instead of slaving for that animal!

Friday, 9 February 2018

CSM: Raising funds for Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better

Raising funds for Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better:
Date: February 11th, 2018
Location: Ground floor, Summit USJ

For more details, please click on the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/MalaysianDogsDeserveBetter/

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